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See how child sponsorship can change one life
In the midst of the global food crisis, providing a child in poverty with the holistic support of Compassion's programme is more vital than ever before. For just £28 a month your child sponsorship will:
Empower one child to overcome physical, spiritual and emotional poverty, for good.
Ensure one child receives nutritional support, regular check-ups and the support of their local church community.
Give one child living in poverty the educational support they need for a brighter future.
Compassion child sponsorship works
The longstanding project-based, child development programme you’ll give your sponsored child access to in the future is highly effective.
Dr Bruce Wydick, Journal of Political Economy
Independent research into the project-based programme shows Compassion-sponsored children stay in school longer and are more likely to grow up to be employed and become leaders in their churches and communities.
14-18% more likely to have salaried employment as adults.
30-75% more likely to become leaders in their communities.
27-40% more likely to finish their secondary education.
Compassion is committed to excellent stewardship and is registered with the Fundraising Regulator. We conduct regular internal and external audits in our field offices and in the UK.
80p directly benefitting children in poverty
8p support costs
Typically, for every pound given in child sponsorship donations:
88p spent on charitable activities
12p spent on fundraising and finding the next sponsor
Trusted charity since 1952
Compassion is a leading authority in holistic child development.
Direct one-to-one child sponsorship
The child you choose to sponsor today will directly receive the benefit of your sponsorship support.
We run our child sponsorship programme exclusively in partnership with local churches who fully understand their local communities.
Once our project-based programme can resume, you’ll provide your sponsored child with:
Staff who know their communities inside out identify the children most in need of your sponsorship support. Children are given help regardless of their backgrounds or beliefs.
Once registered in the Compassion Programme, we look for one sponsor to support each child.
When you start sponsoring, you sponsor a child directly! Your donations will immediately begin to support your sponsored child.
Compassion-sponsored children are empowered to live free from poverty and bring change to their families and communities.
Letters will be an encouragement to both you and your sponsored child. Please be patient as letter delivery can be disrupted by circumstances local to your sponsored child such as restrictions on meeting, floods or unrest, but we do all we can to deliver them swiftly and safely.
Where possible, Compassion offers you the chance to visit your sponsored child either on a group trip or individual visit. Make treasured memories and be encouraged about the difference you're making.
Use the free Compassion UK App or myCompassion web portal to write letters as well as viewing your sponsored child's information and photo.
When you sponsor a child today, in the next 7-10 working days, you'll receive your Welcome Pack with a framed photo of your sponsored child.
Receiving personal letters and drawings from your sponsored child will give you a unique insight into their culture and community. As you write back, you'll speak encouragement into your sponsored child's life.
Once a year you'll receive a message from the pastor or director of the Compassion project your sponsored child attends every week. You'll learn more about the life-changing support your sponsorship is providing.
Photo updates of your sponsored child will show you how they're growing and thriving. You'll also receive news about what they're learning at their project.
When COVID-19 restrictions allow, Compassion offers you the chance to visit your sponsored child either on a group trip or individual visit. Make treasured memories and be encouraged about the difference you're making.
More than 84,000 people sponsor a child through Compassion UK. Once you choose to sponsor, you too can begin to share in the joy of bringing hope to a child in need. You can join the thousands who've chosen to take a stand against child poverty.
Compassion child sponsorship is a beautiful way of connecting us to our global neighbour and reminding us that loving the poor is at the core of the gospel.
We started sponsoring Louis five years ago. Thanks to sponsorship with Compassion, he’s being kept healthy, receiving an education and enjoying just being a child. Louis is a big part of our family. We write letters, share pictures and get regular news about how he’s growing and developing. My children see that we as a family can make a difference.
We had the opportunity when we went out to the Dominican Republic to go to our sponsored child’s Compassion project. I remember asking the project administrator, can I see Darwin’s sponsorship file. He pulled it down from the rack and there it was – two pencils, so much, half a pound of rice, so much, two pairs of socks, so much.
We would encourage anybody to sponsor, it’s so easy to spend money on coffees, magazines and treats without really thinking about it. But for the same cost each month you could change a child’s life and make a real difference, not only to them but their whole family.
My husband and I sponsor two children with Compassion. Compassion is a tremendous organisation providing direct, vital services to children and their families. The impact trickles down to the communities they live in as well. I’d encourage others to sponsor a child – it’s an opportunity to give what you can and connect with someone in a special way.
Begin your child sponsorship journey today by finding a child on our website who is waiting for a sponsor.
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Some of the questions you may have about sponsorship.
Your child sponsorship will generally last until your sponsored child finishes their education, which is usually between the ages of 18 and 22 depending on the country and personal circumstances. It’s quite common for sponsored children to start school late, have to repeat years or even stay on to do vocational training courses. We want to support them through everything, so they are in the best possible position to support themselves and their families when they grow up. Be inspired by Sameson’s story here >
Sometimes children may leave the project before they’ve finished their education. If there is another Compassion project near their new home, we’ll transfer their sponsorship. If we are unable to find a suitable project, then we’ll let you know so you can write a final letter and wish them well.
Our hope is that each child will have the same sponsor throughout, but we do understand that our sponsors’ situations change too. If you wish to end your child sponsorship, your sponsored child will continue to benefit from the Compassion programme and we’ll look to find a new sponsor as quickly as possible.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, global travel restrictions and safety concerns for the communities we serve hindered our ability to invite supporters like you, to see first-hand what God is doing to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. This situation was unexpected and led to a significant repurposing and reduction of our original workforce, who were dedicated to planning and facilitating trips and visits to the field. As a result, we’re now re-growing our teams and capacity. Initially, we’re offering a small number of trips for specific purposes.
We ask for your grace and patience as we rebuild. We’re looking forward to being able to offer these unique experiences to supporters more widely in the future.
The quickest way to send a birthday greeting to your sponsored child is through your myCompassion account or via the Compassion UK App. If you don’t yet have a myCompassion account, then you can create one here.
We have a selection of greeting designs for you to choose from, which you can personalise with a message and a photograph.
Alternatively, you’re welcome to send a hand-written card to our office. Simply pop it in an envelope and write the words ‘FREEPOST COMPASSION UK’ all in upper case on the front. Don’t forget to leave space in your card for translation and make sure you write both your reference number and your child’s reference on the back.
Our friendly Supporter Experience Team are ready to help with any questions you might have.
01932 836490 - Lines are open from 11am-5pm Monday to Friday.
Please leave a voicemail if you call outside these hours and we’ll get in touch as soon as we can.
Compassion UK Christian Child Development, registered charity in England and Wales (1077216) and Scotland (SC045059). A company limited by guarantee, Registered in England and Wales company number 03719092. Registered address: Compassion House, Barley Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UT.
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